Today, at the devotional at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, President Henry B. Eyring announced that Kevin J Worthen, currently the Vice President for Advancement at BYU as well as a law professor, will assume the presidency at BYU as of May 1, 2014.
Worthen will replace President Cecil Samuelson who has been the president of BYU for the last 11 years.
Here is Worthen’s profile from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU:
Kevin J Worthen is a noted scholar on federal Indian law and the impact of law on indigenous peoples internationally. He has published in numerous journals including the Harvard, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and North Carolina Law Reviews. He is also author of portions of the 2005 revision of Felix Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law.
His strong interest in Indian law grew during his clerkship for Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court through the 1983-84 term.
Prior to clerking for Justice White, Professor Worthen clerked for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He joined the Phoenix law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in 1984 and worked there until coming to teach law at BYU in 1987. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chile. He served as BYU Law School associate dean for academic affairs from 1999 until he was appointed the fifth dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2004. Professor Worthen was appointed as Advancement Vice-President for Brigham Young University in 2008.